Its been two weeks since John Cena and Nikki Bella announced their split, which left fans reeling. Despite their differing views on the future, John and Nikki seemed like a good couple, who shared a passion for wrestling. Cena appeared to have changed his mind about marriage and fatherhood as he and Nikki were set to wed later this spring. That’s why their split was hard on fans, and with the news that their break-up was filmed for "Total Bellas," people are wondering if their split is a publicity stunt.

The couple's history

John Cena and Nikki Bella began dating in 2012, shortly after his divorce from Elizabeth Huberdeau was finalized.

Cena and Bella made their first public appearance together when he accompanied her to her high school reunion. The couple would soon give fans a glimpse into their lives when they were featured on the reality show "Total Divas," then its spinoff "Total Bellas."

Throughout the course of the show, marriage became a hot topic for the couple. Nikki expressed her desire to marry John, yet the WWE champion didn’t feel the same way. Cena made it clear that he wasn’t interested in getting married or having children. Despite her dream to be a wife and mother, Nikki eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn’t meant to be.

However, John began gradually changing his mind and surprised Nikki when he said he’d be open to marriage.

At "Wrestlemania 33," Cena stunned the audience when he proposed to Nikki following their match against The Miz and Maryse. The happy couple couldn’t stop gushing about each other in interviews, fans of Bella were happy to see Nikki finally have her moment.

Despite their busy schedules, John and Nikki began making wedding preparations.

The couple shared details about what was to come on the big day. Cena also shared that he was now contemplating starting a family with Nikki. With an upcoming wedding along with parenthood talk, it seemed like the couple was on the same page when it came to their future.

Their break-up

On April 15, Nikki took to Instagram to share the sad news that she and John had split up after six years together.

Immediately rumors began swirling about the cause of their break-up. One of the biggest reasons is that Cena got cold feet and Nikki was fed up with his behavior.

As more reports surfaced about the couple, fans started to take Nikki’s side over Cena’s. However, a recent report has fans curious about the real status of the couple. With the news that the couple’s break-up will be part of the new season of "Total Bellas," fans are convinced this is a publicity stunt.

The timing of their split is odd since it was a month from the show’s premiere. Plus, the couple was set to wed on May 5, two weeks before the new season started. This has led to theories that Cena and Bella split up to bring more viewers to the show, and that next season the couple will be back together.

Hollywood has done a lot of publicity stunts over the years to garner attention for their product. While Cena and Bella don’t seem like the type of people who’d use their private lives for publicity, some celebrities have done it in the past. Whether the split is real or not, the couple is going to be under scrutiny. Fans will have to tune in to "Total Bellas" to see how their break-up plays out.